The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has described the recent deadly earthquake in the country’s western areas as a test for Iranian authorities to perform their duties.
Speaking in a Tuesday meeting with heads of the trio branches of power and other officials in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei expressing his deepest condolences over the heartrending earthquake, and offered his sympathy to the people of Kermanshah province.
“It is extremely difficult to lose one’s beloved people. But, I hope that God brings His peace and patience to the hearts of the grieving families and brightens their eyes by His favor and mercy.”
The Leader also appreciated the presence of Iranian officials at locations struck by the earthquake, and said the efforts must strongly continue to help the people, so it can ease their problems.
Ayatollah Khamenei considered the recent disaster as a divine trial and a situation for officials to perform their duties, adding, “During these past two days, officials, including the president, visited and expressed their sympathy for the survivors. I hope that these sympathetic attitudes continue, in practice, effectively helping the people.”
The Leader also expressed the hope that they can reduce the pain and sufferings of the people, as “the cold weather is upon us.”
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that increased sympathy and cooperation are the effects of such events, adding, “These events lead everyone into the realm of cooperation; and, we hope that this kindness and fraternity attracts divine blessings for the brave people of Kermanshah and all the Iranian people.”
In the meeting, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani referred to the efforts of all units, in aid and rescue operations, for treating the injured and survivors.
“This event is a trial for us. I thank all the units who have been working hard and continue to help, especially the Armed Forces, who acted very well.”